Claudio Allocchio is the Vice-President of TERENA responsible for the Technical Programme.

He was born in Crema (Italy) in 1959 and lived there until 1978. Between 1979 and 1983, while studying Astrophysics at Trieste University, he was a collaborator at the Trieste Astronomical Observatory in the ultraviolet spectroscopy group, where he developed computer programs and tools for graphical image processing and satellite data reduction.

In 1985 he moved to CERN in Geneva, joining the ALEPH experiment team, where he conceived, developed and installed the first example of an "electronic mail gateway" to exchange e-mail messages between HEPnet, EARN, JANET and IP-based networks. This is also where he started his activities in networking.

In 1988 he moved back to Trieste, where he collaborates with "Laboratorio Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste". Initially he was responsible for computing systems and now he is the liaison between the Laboratory and the GARR network.

Between 1991 and 1994 he was involved in the COSINE projects of the European Commission, developing "OSI" network services and their interconnections with the Internet networks. Since 1995 he collaborates as Information Technology Expert on the evaluation of research programmes for computer networks promoted by the European Union.

Between 1985 and 1998 he founded, and was president of, the Italian Forum of E-mail and Internet service providers. From this Forum the Italian Naming Authority - the body which defines the rules for the Italian domain names - was created in 1998; he still serves as its President.

He was one of the founders of GARR in 1989 (the Italian Academic and Research Network) and is currently the Project Technical Officer responsible for the network application services.

In 1991 he joined the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where, beyond having been the first European to publish an Internet technical RFC (and having published many others), he was among the creators and developers of the E-Mail Gateway services. He currently chairs the "Internet FAX" working group.

His TERENA - formerly RARE - involvement dates back to 1988. He played various roles: responsible for messaging services until 1998, member (and chairman in 2000) of the TERENA Conference Programme Committee from 1999 until 2001 and now TERENA Vice-President for the Technical Programme.

His most recent publications include: "Where is the Network Going?", TERENA Conference 2000; "Internet management, the viable solution", Futurshow 2001; "Towards a global Internet Management", Forum della Pubblica Amministrazione 2001; and many RFCs and technical publications.

Besides work, Claudio loves to travel, play volleyball, scuba dive, ski, listen to classical music and play piano.